PhD life is not all that it seems. If I could offer one piece of advice before doing a PhD: take (almost) everything you read about PhDs with a pinch of salt. This seems like a funny piece of advice, considering that you’re reading this now. But – there are a lot of old PhD-related … Continue reading The reality of PhD life: busting common myths
I’ve had migraines my whole life. But when I was 14, these migraines went from once or twice a year to every single day. I’ve tried several medications, doctors, MRI’s and have been diagnosed and misdiagnosed. But still, 4 years later, I am suffering from this chronic illness. This made A levels a really difficult … Continue reading Being at university with a chronic illness
As a part-time PhD student in the Department of Education, I often get asked how I manage to find the time to fit everything in. In addition to studying for my PhD, I also work two days a week supporting young people who are at risk of exclusion from school. To top it all off, … Continue reading Balancing PhD study and family life: what’s PG study really like?
Being a parent as well as a PhD student means that sometimes the two spheres of your life overlap. This happens for me when I need to attend supervision meetings at the university campus. As it is a long journey for me from home to campus (I live in Cambridge), and the most practical childcare … Continue reading PhD student supervisions with a toddler: the campus environment
One of the things most students wonder about before coming to university is what makes uni different to A levels. You might believe that university is a huge step-up from A levels: but you shouldn’t see it as an insurmountable challenge. University is simply an opportunity to learn in a different way and to practice … Continue reading What makes uni different to A levels?
Is it a big transition from college? What do I need to bring to university? Is university life just drinking and partying? Will I feel homesick? These are just some of the questions you may be worried about moving to university. Hopefully, I can clarify some of the misconceptions surrounding university life. You will become … Continue reading What to expect from University life
Coming to university all the way back in September 2017, I was aware of my strengths. Cooking was not one of them. So I applied for catered accommodation, and enjoyed the Derwent catering team’s efforts to keep me healthy and well fed. This worked very well for my first year. Then came the second year. … Continue reading Cooking Catastrophe to Chef (sort of)
Hi! I’m Clemmie and I’m a second year studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics, but I spend most of my time in the Politics Department. So you’ve got your offer (congrats) and now you’re wondering what university is actually going to be like and what your department has in store. Well, here are a few things … Continue reading 3 things to get excited about Politics at York
1. The SPS Forum The Social and Political Sciences (SPS) Forum is an event run by the department and can manifest itself in a number of different ways. Twice a term, external speakers come to the department and give a short lecture, followed by a Q&A about their research or a particular topic of interest. … Continue reading Three Things to Look Forward to in Social and Political Sciences
Morning So it’s 7.30am and my alarm has roused me from sleep, but I’m an optimist so I reset it for 8.15am and drift back off. 8.15am comes around far too soon and it’s a mad dash to shower, dress, grab food I packed the night before (hopefully), and leg it to my 9am lab. … Continue reading Journey Through the Day of an Electronic Engineering Student